Six applications for every vacancy at new John Lewis store

York Press: Robert Garnish, branch manager at John Lewis York Robert Garnish, branch manager at John Lewis York

JOHN LEWIS has announced an “overwhelming response” to job positions at its new York store after almost 2,000 people applied for 300 vacancies.

The department store chain, which is opening its 41st shop on the Vangarde development at Monks Cross, said it has been extremely impressed with the high calibre of applicants from the York area.

With more than 1,700 applications received, about six people applied for every position available.

Rebekah Hawley, personnel growth manager at John Lewis, said: “It is essential that we employ a strong team of partners and we’ve been extremely impressed with the calibre of candidates who have applied for positions at our shop in York.

“Those who are successful will benefit from John Lewis’ unique partnership structure, meaning they will all be co-owners of the business and receive a host of benefits.”

Although an exact opening date has yet to be revealed, the store will open sometime in the spring and excitement is said to be building among the already recruited staff.

Robert Garnish, the new branch manager at John Lewis York, who grew up in Wakefield, and whose parents live in Easingwold, said he was delighted to be opening his first John Lewis on “home soil”.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be offering a significant number of new jobs to people in the York area.

“I’d really like to reiterate that the calibre of applicants has been brilliant and we are really excited about the opportunity that gives us.

“We’ve had interest in jobs right across the board, even in some of the slightly more unusual roles like personal stylist, and the home design service.

“Having been a partner with the John Lewis Partnership for more than 13 years myself, I have experienced first-hand the high levels of job satisfaction that a career in retail can offer and I’m very much looking to working with my new team in the run-up to opening day.”

Mr Garnish said that more than 90 per cent of the new John Lewis team will be new recruits from the local area.

Of the 24 section managers, 11 are external appointments, and at least five of the 13 internal recruits are returning to the York area having previously lived or studied here.

Mr Garnish said: “There is going to be a real local flavour to this store, right across all levels.”

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9:45am Fri 17 Jan 14

voiceofnormalpeople says...

The main reason they have had so many applications is because there is a mas of unemployment. Don't believe the government when they tell you unemployment is falling! the only thing that has changed is people have signed on to agencies that offer 8 hours work a week. That's all they will offer if there is no work around. These people are then classed as employed. Also the government are implementing sanctions on benefit payments for simple errors. (im not talking serial benefit claimants here, I am talking people who have been made unemployed and don't know the correct line to follow) this is then missed off the unemployment register as payments are stopped.
The main reason they have had so many applications is because there is a mas of unemployment. Don't believe the government when they tell you unemployment is falling! the only thing that has changed is people have signed on to agencies that offer 8 hours work a week. That's all they will offer if there is no work around. These people are then classed as employed. Also the government are implementing sanctions on benefit payments for simple errors. (im not talking serial benefit claimants here, I am talking people who have been made unemployed and don't know the correct line to follow) this is then missed off the unemployment register as payments are stopped. voiceofnormalpeople

11:38am Fri 17 Jan 14

Priapus says...

voiceofnormalpeople wrote:
The main reason they have had so many applications is because there is a mas of unemployment. Don't believe the government when they tell you unemployment is falling! the only thing that has changed is people have signed on to agencies that offer 8 hours work a week. That's all they will offer if there is no work around. These people are then classed as employed. Also the government are implementing sanctions on benefit payments for simple errors. (im not talking serial benefit claimants here, I am talking people who have been made unemployed and don't know the correct line to follow) this is then missed off the unemployment register as payments are stopped.
Don't you think the main reason for the large number of applicants is that John Lewis has a good reputation as an employer? They offer pretty good pay, a reasonable bonus, a non-contributory, final salary pension scheme and a staff discount.
[quote][p][bold]voiceofnormalpeople[/bold] wrote: The main reason they have had so many applications is because there is a mas of unemployment. Don't believe the government when they tell you unemployment is falling! the only thing that has changed is people have signed on to agencies that offer 8 hours work a week. That's all they will offer if there is no work around. These people are then classed as employed. Also the government are implementing sanctions on benefit payments for simple errors. (im not talking serial benefit claimants here, I am talking people who have been made unemployed and don't know the correct line to follow) this is then missed off the unemployment register as payments are stopped.[/p][/quote]Don't you think the main reason for the large number of applicants is that John Lewis has a good reputation as an employer? They offer pretty good pay, a reasonable bonus, a non-contributory, final salary pension scheme and a staff discount. Priapus

11:44am Fri 17 Jan 14

Teabag1 says...

I think it's both reasons, most companies nowadays don't give a toss about there staff they don't realise it's in there best interest to keep them happy, happy=more production.
I think it's both reasons, most companies nowadays don't give a toss about there staff they don't realise it's in there best interest to keep them happy, happy=more production. Teabag1

12:00pm Fri 17 Jan 14

york_chap says...

The prospect of new jobs is a good thing for York and John Lewis is, as mentioned, considered to be one of the better employers in the retail sector. Can't argue with that.

The problem, however, is that (as with most new shop / restaurant / bar / hotel openings); many of the positions will be part-time and, even in the better-paying companies, will still be low-paid jobs. Even if someone works full-time hours at £7 per hour (above what many shops pay), over 52 weeks that's only £13,650 before tax/NI is deducted and transport to and from work, plus sustinance are factored in. A single person renting/paying a mortgage in York would struggle to live on what's left, even with the bit of benefits/government help they may also be able to claim.

As a city we need to encourage more businesses which offer full-time roles, paying £18,000 + to help our city prosper. Perhaps there aren't enough people with the right skills etc, but in a city of 200,000 people I find that hard to believe.
The prospect of new jobs is a good thing for York and John Lewis is, as mentioned, considered to be one of the better employers in the retail sector. Can't argue with that. The problem, however, is that (as with most new shop / restaurant / bar / hotel openings); many of the positions will be part-time and, even in the better-paying companies, will still be low-paid jobs. Even if someone works full-time hours at £7 per hour (above what many shops pay), over 52 weeks that's only £13,650 before tax/NI is deducted and transport to and from work, plus sustinance are factored in. A single person renting/paying a mortgage in York would struggle to live on what's left, even with the bit of benefits/government help they may also be able to claim. As a city we need to encourage more businesses which offer full-time roles, paying £18,000 + to help our city prosper. Perhaps there aren't enough people with the right skills etc, but in a city of 200,000 people I find that hard to believe. york_chap

8:54am Sat 18 Jan 14

CaroleBaines says...

Always a bit dubious these stats. Some of those applying will be already in work and looking to change, so not quite as dire looking as at first glance. Also the job centre will be forcing everyone to apply for their five jobs a week whether suitable or not. So that is another load.
Always a bit dubious these stats. Some of those applying will be already in work and looking to change, so not quite as dire looking as at first glance. Also the job centre will be forcing everyone to apply for their five jobs a week whether suitable or not. So that is another load. CaroleBaines

8:22pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ouseswimmer says...

I am always amazed that anyone earning minimum wage in York can afford even the cheapest rent available.
I am always amazed that anyone earning minimum wage in York can afford even the cheapest rent available. ouseswimmer

9:50pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Lord Muck says...

I would gladly take the odds of competing with 5 others for a position once short-listing has taken place so to have that number before screening is a definite advantage.
As mentioned above a good number will either be applying against their will or would not make the short-list for whatever reason.
If you're out of work and not a Lord like what I am; my advice - get yourself partnered up and fill out a half decent application!
I would gladly take the odds of competing with 5 others for a position once short-listing has taken place so to have that number before screening is a definite advantage. As mentioned above a good number will either be applying against their will or would not make the short-list for whatever reason. If you're out of work and not a Lord like what I am; my advice - get yourself partnered up and fill out a half decent application! Lord Muck

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